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30 Aug 2015 description
  • Tropical Storm Erika has been downgraded to a low pressure front. Its remnants are moving west-northwest at about 35 km/h. As a result, locally heavy rains and gusty winds are expected near the eastern and central Cuban coast and the South-eastern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

30 Aug 2015 description

SITUATION

• Tropical Storm ERIKA moved through Lesser Antilles on 27 August, causing heavy rainfall. Dominica was especially affected by floods and landslides. As of 28 August, there were five dead, 21 missing and several homes destroyed. Afterwards it started moving over the Caribbean Sea towards the Dominican Republic, as a Tropical Storm. On 28 August afternoon (UTC), it is approaching the south-eastern coast. At 12.00 UTC its center was located approx. 50 km southeast of Saona Island and it had max. sustained winds of 85 km/h.

28 Aug 2015 description
  • Tropical Storm Erika is moving west-northwest over the Atlantic Ocean towards the Leeward Islands. On 26 August at 3.00 UTC it had maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h and its centre was located approximately 800 km east of Antigua.

  • Over the next 24 hrs it is forecast to continue moving west-northwest, strengthening, and moving through the Leeward Islands on 27-28 August. Its centre is forecast to pass very close or over Antigua and Barbuda islands in the morning of 27 August (UTC) and pass off the north-eastern coast of Puerto Rico early on 28 August.

13 Aug 2015 description

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 13, 2015 – The 16 Caribbean member governments of CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) completed their catastrophe insurance portfolios for 2015/2016. All 16 Caribbean members renewed their hurricane policies; all 13 that had earthquake policies renewed those; and 12 obtained excess rainfall coverage – an increase of 4 over the 8 countries that purchased excess rainfall policies for the first time last year.

09 Apr 2015 description

Port-au-Prince, Haiti | | Thursday 4/9/2015 - 22:35 GMT

Twenty-one migrants died and around a dozen more were missing after their boat sank off the north coast of Haiti, a senior official said Thursday.

Haiti's civil protection directorate chief Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste said those on board the ship, around 50 people, had been trying to reach Providenciales Island in the neighboring Turks and Caicos.

The ship -- which left at about midnight -- had attempted to return after running into bad weather, but sank off the coast in the early hours on Thursday.

09 Apr 2015 description

Port-au-Prince, Haïti | | jeudi 09/04/2015 - 22:11 GMT

Vingt-et-un migrants sont morts dans le naufrage de leur bateau au nord d'Haïti dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi, a annoncé la directrice de la protection civile, précisant que 12 personnes avaient survécu.

Marie-Alta Jean-Baptiste a indiqué jeudi que les passagers avaient embarqué aux environs de minuit pour rejoindre Providenciales, une île de l'archipel de Turques et Caïques située à 200km au nord d'Haïti.

24 Mar 2015 description

A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.

01 Dec 2014 description

| Overview |

Working environment The intensification of several humanitarian crises in Africa and in the Middle East is keeping global resettlement needs high. Thanks to the generosity of countries such as the United States and Canada, which have large resettlement programmes, many vulnerable refugees are able to find a solution to their plight.

03 Sep 2014 description

La police maritime des Îles Turks & Caïcos a intercepté, le lundi 1er septembre 2014, 82 ressortissants-es haïtiens au moment où leur embarcation traversait les eaux de ce territoire britannique, a appris le GARR.

Ces migrants-es haïtiens (60 hommes et 22 femmes) ont été remis aux agents de l’immigration dans un centre de détention. L’un d’entre eux a été soigné pour fatigue et un autre pour une lacération subie à la jambe lorsqu’il tentait de sauter par-dessus bord pour échapper à la police.

25 Aug 2014 description
  • CRISTOBAL formed on 23 August in the Caribbean, near the Turks and Caicos. On 25 August, 6.00 UTC, it was a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 85 km/h and its centre was located over water, east of the Bahamas, approximately 160 km north-west of the island of San Salvador. In the following 48 h, it is expected to move north-north-east, away from land, slightly intensifying.

07 Mar 2014 description

INTRODUCTION

This report, for the period 1 June – 30 November 2013, is for the first two quarters of the 2013/2014 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this six-month period towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.

The report presents:

29 Dec 2013 description

Le Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés (GARR) a appris avec consternation, le décès d’au moins 17 migrants haïtiens noyés au large des Îes Turcs & Caicos suite au naufrage de l’embarcation où ils se trouvaient.

Le voilier qui transportait environ 50 personnes a chaviré alors qu’il était escorté par les autorités vers la côte des Îles Turks-et-Caïcos, lit-on dans une dépêche de l’Associated Press.

26 Dec 2013 description

The Christmas Day drownings of at least 18 Haitian migrants when their sailboat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands, has re-focused attention on the crisis of "desperation migration."

"We offer our condolences and deep sympathy to the families of those affected by this terrible incident," said Ambassador William Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), "but we must also find ways to stem the root causes bringing people to risk all by taking to the high seas in flimsy craft," he said.

26 Dec 2013 description

12/25/2013 19:27 GMT

MIAMI, 25 décembre 2013 (AFP) - Dix-huit personnes soupçonnées d'être des immigrants clandestins sont mortes mercredi au large des îles Turks et Caïcos, lorsque leur bateau a chaviré, a indiqué le bureau du gouverneur de cet archipel des Antilles dans un communiqué.

Trente-deux autres personnes ont pu être secourues, selon les autorités.

La nationalité des victimes n'est pas précisée, mais d'après le quotidien local Turks and Caicos Sun, elles seraient haïtiennes.

25 Dec 2013 description

12/25/2013 22:55 GMT

MIAMI, December 25, 2013 (AFP) - Seventeen Haitian suspected illegal migrants died Wednesday when their boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos islands near the Caribbean, authorities said.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Christmas Day as the boat, which had been intercepted by police, was "being towed into dock" at Providenciales, the government of the British territory said in a statement.

06 Aug 2013 description

INTRODUCTION

This report, for the period 1 March – 31 May 2013, is the report for the final quarter of the 2012/2013 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this quarter towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.

21 May 2013 description

CCRIF Quarterly Report 1 December 2012 – 28 February 2013

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is the first multi-country risk pool in the world, and is also the first insurance instrument to successfully develop parametric policies backed by both traditional and capital markets. It is a regional catastrophe fund for Caribbean governments designed to limit the financial impact of devastating hurricanes and earthquakes by quickly providing financial liquidity when a policy is triggered.

22 Mar 2013 description

Over 44,000 people from 30 Members States and 15 of the territories* in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions participated in the second full scale regional tsunami exercise held on March 20, 2013.